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230 new Covid-19 cases in SA ? NICD

Institute says only 14 people passed away due to virus in last 24 hours

Latest confirmed cases of Covid-19 in SA

31 October 2021

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues to provide laboratory-based surveillance to inform the public health response towards COVID-19 in South Africa.

Today the institute reports 230 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,922,116. This increase represents a 1.2% positivity rate.  As per the National Department of Health, a further 14 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 89,177 to date.

18,544,880 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

Sector

Total tested

New tested

PRIVATE

9,991,593

53.9%

11,401

59.2%

PUBLIC

8,553,287

46.1%

7,866

40.8%

Total

18,544,880

19,267

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

The majority of new cases today are from Mpumalanga (20%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal accounting for 18%. Gauteng accounted for 16%; Western Cape accounted for 13%; Free State accounted for 11%; Northern Cape and Eastern Cape each accounted for 8% respectively; North West accounted for 6%; and Limpopo accounted for 0% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:

Province

Total cases for 30 Oct 2021

Adjusted numbers after harmonisation

Updated total cases on 30 Oct 2021

New cases on 31 Oct 2021

Total cases for 31 Oct 2021

Percentage total

Eastern Cape

292344

0

292344

19

292363

10,0

Free State

163438

0

163438

26

163464

5,6

Gauteng

919541

0

919541

36

919577

31,5

KwaZulu-Natal

515585

0

515585

42

515627

17,6

Limpopo

122263

0

122263

0

122263

4,2

Mpumalanga

151959

0

151959

45

152004

5,2

North West

150629

0

150629

16

150642

5,2

Northern Cape

92480

0

92480

18

92498

3,2

Western Cape

513647

0

513647

31

513678

17,6

Unknown

0

0

0

0

0

0,0

Total

2921589

0

2921589

230

2922116

100,0

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n=230) is lower than yesterday (n=300) and higher than the average number of cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n=355).

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HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 11 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours. The following table is a summary of reported COVID-19 admissions by sector.

Sector

Facilities Reporting

Admissions
to Date

Died to Date

Currently Admitted

Private

258

200,683

37,123

2,364

Public

408

233,915

56,933

1,492

TOTAL

666

434,598

94,056

3,856

VACCINE UPDATE

For updates on the national vaccine programme, click here.

Thank you for your interest and remember that adhering to the following preventative measures helps to limit your risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19.

Getting vaccinated for COVID-19

Wearing your mask properly to cover your nose

Opting to gather in ventilated spaces

Avoid unnecessary gatherings

Keeping a social distance of one meter or more

Washing your hands regularly in the day with soap and water

For more information on COVID-19, click here.

Issued by Sinenhlanhla Jimoh, Senior Communications Manager, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, 31 October 2021